On November 20, Pete Whitelaw participated in a panel discussion with Patrick Condon, Chair of Urban Design at UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and Ann McAfee, who was Vancouver's co-Director of Planning (with Larry Beasley), and guided the 1995 CityPlan.
The City Conversations question was, "Does Vancouver need a City Plan?" Discussion focused on the benefits and risks of creating a city plan for Vancouver. The Vancouver City Planning Commission published background resources to frame and inform the discussion.
Key takeaways, summarized in Novae Res Urbis, included:
Cities with official plans are still challenged by controversial rezonings – just like Vancouver, which doesn’t have an OCP.
OCPs need to be flexible and dynamic, adjusting to changes in demographics and demands for land use types
Graphics and drawings are under-utilized and would help communicate a plan's goals more clearly and effectively
There is still value in long-range plans - even as long as 50 years - because cities grow and change in this timeframe
To see videos of Pete, Patrick, and Ann's presentations, please visit YouTube.